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Emergency services were called after a group of motorists became trapped in heavy snow in Carlow last night. 

Multiple units from Bagenalstown Fire & Rescue Service attended the scene on Mount Leinster at around 8pm on New Year's Eve.

Following several days of wintry conditions, the mountainous region turned treacherous. This resulted in the group's vehicles becoming trapped under the snow.

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Thankfully, everyone involved made it safely back down the mountain. The area – 9 Stones Road – remained closed overnight.

Carlow County Council is appealing to people to avoid the area as roads are impassable.

Emergency Times, an online magazine for frontline emergency services, took to Twitter to share images of the scene.

They wrote: "Fire crews from Bagenalstown & Carlow Town assisting Gardaí and Carlow County Council crews in dealing with numerous vehicles trapped at Mount Leinster, South Carlow due to snow & treacherous conditions.

"Motorists to avoid the Nine Stones and Mount Leinster area."

Roads all over the country have been left icy after several days of low temperatures with no end in sight.

According to Met Éireann: "A cold and frosty start today, New Year's Day, with icy patches.

"Dry in most areas, with sunny spells, but scattered showers of rain or sleet will affect northern and western coastal counties. Cold, with afternoon highs of 3 to 6 degrees, in light to moderate northerly winds."

Main image by Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie


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